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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Organizing Application-Reported Information", for Approval

July 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Chia, Teck (Redwood City, CA); Liu, Deborah (Palo Alto, CA); Raji, Vijaye (Palo Alto, CA), filed on December 12, 2012, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Users interact with software applications through client computing devices. A user of a client device may interact with a software application in any suitable manner, such as by a touch screen on the device, using a peripheral such as a keyboard or mouse associated with the device, using voice commands, or any other suitable methods. In certain instances, a user may interact with a software application by loading the software application into the device's memory and interacting with the device by a user interface on a display of the device. In certain instances, a user may interact with a software application by altering settings or preferences associated with the application."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A user of a client computing device may interact with one or more software applications on the client computing device. The software applications send notifications of the interaction to a server computing device. The notifications indicate that a user interaction has occurred, and may describe the user interaction in any suitable detail. The notification identifies the software application sending the notification. For each received notification, the server correlates the notification with the user associated with the interaction, and stores information associated with the notification. In particular embodiments, the information is stored in a profile related to the user. In particular embodiments, the interaction is stored in a database that may be organized by any suitable index. In particular embodiments, the stored information may be used to target advertisements to one or more users. For example, the stored information may relate to application installs or purchases, application usage, or user demographics, and this information may be used to determine which advertisements are most likely to be relevant to or valued by a user.


"FIG. 1 illustrates an example network environment associated with a social-networking system.

"FIG. 2 illustrates an example social graph.

"FIG. 3 illustrates an example method for storing information about interactions between users of client devices and software applications on the client devices.

"FIG. 4 illustrates an example computer system."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Chia, Teck; Liu, Deborah; Raji, Vijaye. Organizing Application-Reported Information. Filed December 12, 2012 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Software.

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